Charges upgraded against Upstate mother after child with salt poisoning dies

Kimberly Martines
Kimberly Martines Spartanburg County Detention Center

The Spartanburg County Coroner's Office announced Wednesday it is investigating the death of a child brought into the emergency room over the weekend.

Peyton Martines, 17 months old, was taken to Spartanburg Medical Center Sunday after her mother, Kimberly Nicole Martines, noticed she was having seizures and called 911, according to an incident report from the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.

Coroner Rusty Clevenger said Peyton was taken off life support Wednesday afternoon and died shortly after.

“We will use medical information, statements from witnesses and an autopsy that will include a number of special tests to document what happened to this child,” Clevenger said. “Toxicology testing is also a part of this investigation and will be submitted to the state lab for extensive testing.”

Kimberly Martines, 23, of 10355 Main St. in Fingerville, was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony child abuse, according to Lt. Kevin Bobo, a spokesman with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.

By Wednesday afternoon, the charges had been upgraded to homicide by child abuse and felony child abuse, according to jail records.

The Sheriff's Office got involved Sunday morning after staff at Spartanburg Medical Center notified investigators that Peyton had been transported after suffering from seizures, Bobo said in an email Tuesday.

Hospital staff determined Monday the little girl was suffering from an acute case of salt poisoning.

Kimberly Martines is currently being held at the Spartanburg County Detention Center with no bond.